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Short Link


The Short Link WordPress plugin automatically creates a link element in the
section of the post’s page with rel=”shortlink” attributes. The URL in
the href attribute defaults to the id number of the post in question but can
be overridden with a human-friendly slug after the post has been saved.

It also creates an HTTP Link header that conveys the same information as a
performance optimisation (clients need only do a HTTP HEAD to resolve the URL)

The link element looks like this:

<link rel="shortlink" href="{url}" />

The HTTP header is:

Link: <{url}>; rel=shortlink

Related Links:

  • Google Code Site:


  • Allow some more flexibility with the creation of shortlinks:
    • numeric unique identifier (e.g.
    • compressed numeric unique identifier (e.g.
    • human friendly slug (e.g.


This plugin is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license:


  • 1.0 – 2009-04-13
    Initial release.


  1. Upload shortlink.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. To set a custom short link, update a post so that the custom field is
    created and then fill in a unique value in the field.

Contributors & Developers

“Short Link” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.